Using music to celebrate 30 years of the EDO
The northern rivers community will come together on Sunday for a benefit gig to celebrate environmental community legal centre EDO NSW’s 30 years of protecting the environment through law.
The benefit gig at the Hotel Brunswick will feature renowned local acts Bobby Alu and the Palm Royale, Jimmy Willing and the Real Gone Hick-Ups, Ziggy Alberts, and Sara Tindley. There will also be speeches from Aboriginal elder and EDO NSW client Mick Ryan and Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson, plus the chance to win great raffle prizes. 3–8.30pm. Gold-coin entry.
The pharmacist who wanted to play
Former pharmacist and now singer/songwriter Nicole Cross will be making her way from Townsville QLD to perform at Mullum Music Festival (Nov 19–22) after winning this year’s Play Mullum Songwriting Competition with her song White Walls. The theme of this year’s songwriting competition was One Day Can Change Everything. Nicole wrote the song White Walls after a particularly bad day at work that she says ‘provoked me to make an overnight decision that would change my life forever. White Walls is about escaping the confinement of my cookie-cut white-walled apartment, quitting my job, travelling the world and pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a full-time singer/songwriter. In a past life I spent my days legally distributing prescription drugs as a pharmacist. I hung up my white coat for good, replaced it with a guitar strap and other various items of clothing and now spend my days writing songs and sharing them with the world.’ The editorial team of Australia’s highly respected national music magazine Rhythms judges the annual competition. ‘The quality and diversity of this year’s Play Mullum entries was downright astonishing,’ said Martin Jones, judge and Rhythms editor. ‘From electronica to reggae to blues to stoner rock, this year’s finalist entries were all amazingly well recorded and performed and all worthy of winning.’
Nicole Cross will perform a 20-minute set at Mullum Music Festival. Thursday 19 till Sunday 22 November.
www.mullummusicfestival.com Festival hotline 6684 6195. Tickets range across $82–240 (adults), $16–60 (children).
Hear it on the Vine at the Court House every Thursday!
Having recently been nominated for four NCEIA Dolphin awards and taken away the blues trophy, Deidi Vine is back on the gig horse again, for a regular Thursday night at Mullumbimby’s Court House Hotel with special guests, belting out soul, blues, reggae and pop tunes. Every Thursday except the first one of the month (that’s comedy night!).
Classical Youth Concert
Byron Music Society are excited to be presenting their Annual Youth Concert at the Byron Community Centre this Sunday. Featuring trumpeter Bodhi Scott-Jones – a young, versatile musician with experience in a wide range of musical styles. Starting the trumpet at nine years of age Bodhi, now 18, has performed with local groups such as the Northern Rivers Big Band and the Summerland Brass Quintet and has recently performed a concerto with the Lismore Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the State Wind Band and the London Symphony Orchestra, and he will perform there again in 2016 with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Next year he will commence study at the Queensland Conservatorium. Also appearing is fellow trumpeter 17-year-old Frances Atkins, a multi-instrumentalist studying classical, jazz and big-band music on piano, trumpet and trombone. Currently completing a diploma at Northern Rivers Conservatorium, he is also a member of local ensembles including The Little Big Band, The Whopping Big Band, The Lismore Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Northern Rivers Big Band and the Lismore Symphony Orchestra. He recently performed on piano and trombone in the Symphony Sydney Orchestra Playerlink. Pianist and composer 12-year-old Jordan Jantschulev is currently working towards his Grade 7 and recently achieved the Junior Championship award at the Lismore Eisteddfods. Currently attending Byron Bay High School, Jordan says that for him life without music would be a mistake as there is so much wonderful music to listen to and to play. Jemima Drews was given a hand-me-down flute from her big sister in order to make her stop whistling. Now 18, Jemima is an accomplished flautist and recently played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, participated in masterclasses with Jane Rutter and has just completed her HSC music only a few weeks ago. As a result of her HSC performance she has been nominated to play at the Opera House. Show at 2pm. Tickets at the door $10 members, $15 non-members, children FREE.
Being a Burke at the farmers markets
Andy Burke has just released a new album recorded with the Andrew Morris in Church Farm studios in Billinudgel. Armed with a fistful of songs and arrangements, Burke created an alt-country rock album mainly influenced by NeilYoung, Bob D, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, Ghosts, Fear and travels. Andy Plays the Mullumbimby Farmers Markets on Friday. Come and check him out and while you are there find out about the Lunchbox Challenge – the comp that saw local schools ‘Grow their own Lunchbox’. See who takes out best homegrown vege crudités! From 8.30am till 10.30am at the Mullumbimby Farmers Market this Friday.